Bond with your family at the cinema this Chinese New Year!

Jan 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy Rachel Chan 5 min read

That time of year is here. If you’re Chinese, you will put aside everything just to spend time with family – not just immediate family but in-laws and second cousins twice, thrice removed. But what else is there to do together during Chinese New Year other than visiting friends and relatives, playing mahjong and stuffing our faces with food? Catch a movie at a cinema,…

Monster Trucks. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 iconic vehicles of Singapore’s roads

Jan 14th, 2017 Action, Child-friendly, Comedy, Superheroes Marcus Goh 9 min read

One of the most distinguishable characteristics of a country is the cars on the road. It says so much about the population and mindset of nation when you see the type of cars that its citizens buy… even if that country is purportedly moving to a car-lite society (facilitated by those who are drivers, ironically). So these are the most iconic cars on the Singapore…

Everyday professions which could make you a hero (at least in Singapore)

Dec 28th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Disaster Rachel Chan 8 min read

During the second Sino-Japanese War in December 1941, a railway porter (played by Jackie Chan) leads a ragtag team of freedom fighters to sabotage a a railway network used by the Japanese to transport supplies from Tianjin to Nanjing. Comprising a motley crew of tailor, noodle shop owner, railroad hand, and professional thug, they make weapons out of shovels and loose railway track planks to ambush Japanese…

Gru-cy is coming in Despicable Me 3 next summer!

Dec 16th, 2016 Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Superheroes Rachel Chan 1 min read

The last time we left Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions, they had a new mistress of the house – Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig). Gru and Lucy tied the knot at the end of the last instalment, if you remember, and now they will be back in Despicable 3! A first look at the trailer shows that the formidable…

A movie that has a scene where the leads catch a movie, from La La Land. Credit: La La Land Facebook Page

6 reasons why we secretly love movie musicals more than live musicals

Dec 9th, 2016 Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance Marcus Goh 8 min read

I’m going to offend all the hipsters out there by saying this, but it’s true. Everyone loves movie musicals more than live musicals. Yes, movie musicals lack that live element, but unless you’re sitting all the way in front, can you really tell the difference? That’s why movie musicals are so popular. They offer all the fun and laughter of a musical and a movie, rolled…

5 horrible things that bad bosses do at Christmas parties

Dec 7th, 2016 Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Christmas is almost upon us, and that means the annual office Christmas party is here! I can already hear all those groans as the most uncomfortable executive event of the year rolls around. You have to make small talk with colleagues you don’t really want to talk to while eating carefully enough to make sure you don’t stain your shirt. Then there are those silly…

Moana. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 sexy demigods we love in film

Nov 23rd, 2016 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

Moana sees a young girl on a quest to find legendary demigod Maui of Polynesian mythology to accomplish a nigh impossible task. Why doesn’t Maui just do it himself, you ask? Well, that’s because he’s a demigod – part god, part human. So he’s not all powerful (as shown by the fact that they need some sort of craft to travel the seas), although he is…

I Am Not Madame Bovary. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Uniquely Singaporean insults that you can use overseas

Nov 17th, 2016 Adult Themes, Asian Cinema, Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Calling a woman “Madame Bovary” (or “潘金莲” in Chinese) might sound like an atas compliment, but it actually means slut. That’s because Madame Bovary is the title of a French novel where the titular character sleeps around and over spends because she is bored, or as the Wikipedia entry puts it so eloquently, “to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life”. You might even…

Masterminds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Who should be on a Singaporean criminal heist team

Nov 4th, 2016 Action, Comedy, Crime Marcus Goh 8 min read

There are a few guaranteed ways to get rich quickly (besides being the lucky ward of a Nigerian prince), and one of them is pulling off a big heist. But that’s not a feat that a single person can accomplish – you need brains, skill, brawn, and the wiles of seductress. So who should you select for your team of super criminals who will get…

Trolls. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 things all Singaporean kids did with their Trolls toys

Nov 3rd, 2016 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy Marcus Goh 6 min read

Trolls were a huge phenomenon back in the 90’s. For some reason, they were everywhere, and almost every Singaporean had one. And it was completely inexplicable! They’re scary looking gnomes with frighteningly long and lifelike hair. Maybe they became popular because they bucked the trend – after all, people were buying Pet Rocks back in the 70’s too. So everyone started to do the same…